Daulton Hommes' was forced to start his basketball journey from near scratch out of high school, when he walked on to Division II Western Washington University after suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries his last two years at Lynden Christian High School.
Hommes' dream of playing pro basketball never died, and his rise from there was steady but continuous. On Friday, that dream landed him an NBA contract.
The former Division II walk-on signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the San Antonio Spurs, he confirmed to Scorebook Live Friday evening. It's a one-year non-guaranteed deal that ensures a training camp invite and if waived, a bonus to incentivize him to remain with the team's G-League affiliate, the Austin Spurs.
"Feels great," Hommes said in a text message. "Have only heard great things about San Antonio and Austin."
Yahoo! Sports contributor Keith Smith first reported the news Friday evening.
Hommes, who played with the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League in July, becomes the first player in Lynden Christian history — and the cityt of Lynden, for that matter — to sign an NBA contract . (Ron Bennink, who graduated from Lynden in 1951, was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Pistons in 1955, but did not sign a contract.)
Hommes' high school career was all but normal. He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Lynden Christian before consecutive knee injuries derailed his junior and senior seasons.
Hommes came off the bench for Lynden Christian's state championship team as a freshman, and was the second-leading scorer as a sophomore. Lyncs coach Roger DeBoer said after his injuries, Hommes was with the team every step of the way — at workouts, practices and games.
"As a dad and as a coach, you have this thing inside of you you want to see players or kids pursue their dreams and watch them come true," DeBoer said. "This is a unique example of him pursuing a dream and coming true."
DeBoer's relationship with Hommes has mostly been developed off the court, which the longtime coach said is not a rarity in his program.
"Our staff, that’s what it’s been about from the beginning," DeBoer said. "It’s so important, we’re far more concerned with who these guys are as young men as they pursue whatever dream as husbands, fathers, community members. Relationship-building for us is what it’s all about. It wasn’t that he was injured or not injured. We cared deeply about D.C. He’s always been a part of our family. He will continue to be a part of our basketball family."
The newly signed contract also means Hommes, if not waived, could sign a two-way contract with the Spurs before the regular season starts, which would guarantee him playing time on the organization's NBA and G-League teams.
But the Spurs have 15 players on contract already for the upcoming season, which signals Hommes' post-training camp future will likely be with the Austin Spurs. Teams can carry as many as six Exhibit 10 contracts at a time. The Spurs have already signed former Kansas standout Dedric Lawson to an Exhibit 10.
Hommes averaged 8.2 points per game in summer league, including a high of 18 on 6 of 8 shooting (3 of 3 from 3-point range) in the Bucks' first game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 6-foot-8 sharpshooting wing led D-II Point Loma Nazarene to the Division II national championship game this past season, posting 21.9 points on 53 percent shooting from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range, along with 5.8 rebounds per game.
Last week, Hommes scored 65 points on 25 of 32 shooting in NBA veteran and Rainier Beach graduate Jamal Crawford's Seattle-based summer pro-am, the Crawsover.
Correction: a previous version of this story said Ron Bennik signed with the Detroit Pistons, making Daulton Hommes the second Lynden native to sign an NBA contract. Bennik was drafted, but did not sign an NBA contract. Hommes is the first to do so.